CFDR Leadership

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Karen Benjamin Guzzo Named Director of the Center for Family and Demographic Research

Karen Benjamin Guzzo, Professor of Sociology, has been appointed the Director of the Center for Family and Demographic Research (CFDR) at Bowling Green State University. Prior to her appointment, she served for two years as the Center’s Acting Director and five years as the Associate Director. Dr. Guzzo takes over from CFDR founding Director Wendy Manning, Dr. Howard E. and Penny Daum Aldrich Distinguished Professor of Sociology, who led the Center since its inception in 2000. Dr. Manning has transitioned to a new role in the CFDR as Development Core Director, working with faculty affiliates to stimulate new projects, collaborations, and external support for research.

Dr. Guzzo will direct the CFDR for a five-year term. A family demographer and fertility scholar, Dr. Guzzo received her PhD in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and did postdoctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the Sociology Department at BGSU in 2011. Dr. Guzzo’s research has appeared in top demography and family science journals and has been supported by grants from NICHD’s Population Dynamics Branch, and she frequently appears in national media to discuss trends in fertility. She is dedicated to the CFDR’s focus on understanding the well-being of children, adults, and families. A strong advocate of population science research at BGSU and beyond, Dr. Guzzo is committed to facilitating the wide range of groundbreaking research of CFDR affiliates.

The CFDR is an interdisciplinary center that supports 36 affiliates from eight departments at BGSU, along with several off-campus affiliates, conducting innovative population science in the areas of (1) fertility and family demography; (2) social relationships and well-being; and (3) the social contexts of deviance, crime, and violence. The Center is funded by the National Institutes of Health.